Jan Brewer Gives the Ax to Planned Parenthood Funding

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The apparent symbol of priority at the Capitol.
Abortion still seems to be a top priority for Governor Jan Brewer and the Legislature, as the governor announced the signing of yet another bill that's not making Planned Parenthood happy at all.

Late last week, the governor signed into law House Bill 2800, which, as described in the broadest sense by the Governor's Office, "[P]rioritizes the distribution of public family-planning funds to healthcare entities that provide comprehensive care for women."

As both Brewer and Planned Parenthood acknowledge, it's about abortion.

"This is a common-sense law that tightens existing state regulations and closes loopholes in order to ensure that taxpayer dollars are not used to fund abortions, whether directly or indirectly," Brewer says in a statement. "By signing this measure into law, I stand with the majority of Americans who oppose the use of taxpayer funds for abortion."

Current Arizona law already prevents public coin from being used for abortions, but the language in this bill prevents the federal money delegated to Arizona from going to places where abortions are performed.

To the anti-abortion crowd, it probably sounds like a win.

If you ask Planned Parenthood, though, it's politics as usual going on at the Capitol.

According to Planned Parenthood, "recent polling shows 78 percent of Arizonans favor state-funded family-planning services for low-income women, including sex education and counseling services, women's health services, and birth control."

Those happen to be services Planned Parenthood provides, but that doesn't matter much in the bill Brewer signed.

"It is unfortunate that lawmakers continue to put ideology and politics before the welfare of Arizonans," Planned Parenthood of Arizona CEO Bryan Howard says. "Women and men who come to Planned Parenthood aren't making a political statement. They are coming to get the healthcare they need."

As the governor and Capitol reporter Howie Fischer point out, a few other states already have passed similar legislation. A federal judge blocked the move in Texas.

Supporters of the bill contend it's not about cutting off money for preventative care to Planned Parenthood but rather prioritizing money to places that provide more "comprehensive" services.

Center for Arizona Policy's Cathi Herrod plays to that in one of her group's announcements, but she also adds the abortion point that seems to be what this bill's all about.

"[Planned Parenthood] claim[s] they do not use taxpayer dollars to pay for abortions," she says. "Yet one taxpayer dollar that goes to Planned Parenthood for anything frees up another dollar to fund their abortion operation. Any funding to Planned Parenthood supports abortions."

The bottom line, at least according to Planned Parenthood: "Thousands could be forced to go without care."


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Marry Sharon
Marry Sharon

Parenthood We start off early watching television and then envisioning our American dream.  As a child, we play with our babies, doll houses, and writing in our diaries.  We start at the tender age of 4 or 5 looking for our prince charming to marry.  Over time, we replace our crushes of princes and other Disney characters with real boys.  Sometimes it is the boy that sits next to you in class or a movie star.  Either way, it is getting you ready for that all important task called LOVE......... http://www.richlymiddleclass.com/parenthood Thanks

Marry Sharon
Marry Sharon

Parenthood We start off early watching television and then envisioning our American dream.  As a child, we play with our babies, doll houses, and writing in our diaries.  We start at the tender age of 4 or 5 looking for our prince charming to marry.  Over time, we replace our crushes of princes and other Disney characters with real boys.  Sometimes it is the boy that sits next to you in class or a movie star.  Either way, it is getting you ready for that all important task called LOVE......... http://www.richlymiddleclass.com/parenthood Thanks

Marry Sharon
Marry Sharon

Parenthood We start off early watching television and then envisioning our American dream.  As a child, we play with our babies, doll houses, and writing in our diaries.  We start at the tender age of 4 or 5 looking for our prince charming to marry.  Over time, we replace our crushes of princes and other Disney characters with real boys.  Sometimes it is the boy that sits next to you in class or a movie star.  Either way, it is getting you ready for that all important task called LOVE......... http://www.richlymiddleclass.com/parenthood Thanks

Nicholsdaves
Nicholsdaves

Morals?  

Jan Brewer is now quoted as saying: "we are a Society of Morals".
From a Mother of a Knife Point Rapist son, whom she Abused her Government Authority to shuffle paperwork that no one else could have, to get her Rapist Son Seventy-five Thousand Dollars that she Defrauded from Social Security!

I wonder if Her Son's Rape Victom had to get an Abortion to rid herself of Governor Brewers Knife Point Rapist Son Ron's Evil, God Forsaken Seed?

Did Governor Brewer Defraud Social Security to help hetr Knife Point Rapist Son Ron's Victom?

Of all People to Pretend to be on "Moral High Ground", Governor Brewer please Rot in Hell!

Thank You Planned Parenthood for your Great Contribution to Society!
Too bad Honest Jan Brewer's Father did not consider a Vasectomy before this L.D.S. "Witch", or her Knife Point Rapist Son were conceived.

Jan Brewer Pretends to be of all things, A "Latter Day Saint"?

Governor Brewer believes that Rape, and Fraud are Moral!

Rot in Hell Governor Brewer, with your Rapist Son.

To: Honesty.

Aznative818
Aznative818

Disgusting, I used PP in the late sixties for Birth Control, and went there for years, for womens health. Thousands of women WILL be left without health care. Gawd, I can't wait until these bozos get voted out on their asses.

Oma
Oma

And the war on the poor continues ... 

The myopia of those who promote and push this type of legislation is truly astounding in its arrogance.  Black hearts they are.    

Ctmcmanus
Ctmcmanus

I am writing from Canada, and I just wanted to ask what is happening to your state? I cannot believe the absolute lack of compassion your governor is showing toward the poor. Do the republican voters in Arizona not realize that these teabaggers base their philosophy on the wholey one sided rantings of crazy Russian Atheist Ayn Rand? Her basic philosophy is selfishness and the evils of altruism. Is this what Republicans truly want? Social Darwinism gone wild? I read the republicans in the federal house want to cut meals on wheals today. Has love of fellow man gone from their hearts? Is this how Americans allow their poor and elderly be treated. Shame on those individuals who supported these lunatic teabaggers! 

4Sisters
4Sisters

Arizona is again the laughingstock of America, everyone here must feel so proud today. Not sure I understand all the shock, with an electorate comprised primarily of apathetic morons, racists and rednecks who form their political opinions from 30-second ads, I've come to expect this kind of stuff. People here elected the politicians who are passing these laws. Have a nice day everyone.

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

So, let planned parenthood raise their own money.    There's no need for us to have to pay for everything in the world.     Plus, I love the way the people in charge decide how to spend out money.     Obviously taxes are too high.     There's no need for taxes anyway.     If the government would take back the job of printing money instead of allowing The Federal Reserve to make it out of thin air and then charging interest on it.    Why does no one talk about this legal theivery that's destroyed the world's economies?

david saint
david saint

seems as if the legislature and brewer have did whats best for the GOP party..but not for Arizonans. Not shocking they are trying this at the state level though, since it failed nationally. They knew they had the votes, so they went for it...good for them. Now its our turn to respond in Nov, by throwing these WORTHLESS IMBECILES out on their asses!!! 

Not Surprised
Not Surprised

Wait for November.  The voters' axe will be coming down on these nutcase extremists pushing their morality and religious beliefs onto others.

Nicholsdaves
Nicholsdaves

Blame Planned Parenthood, for the Racism, and Hate that Destroyed the "Worlds Economy".

Wake Up?

January 2008 = the Start of Russell Pearce's E-verify Law, and the Hitler like I.C.E. Deportation/Incarceration Programs, of America's Hardest, and Most Devoted Immigrant Workers, even away from their Legal Citizen Children, and Families!

January 2008 Also = The Start of the Great Recession, the Housing Crisis, the Foreclosure Crisis, and our New Wonderful Deficit!

This is No Co-incidence Idiot!

Get a Clue!

To: Good, and Brotherhood, from Sea to Shining Sea.

Repair America?

Fix what actually Broke It?

Stop the Racism/Stop the Hate?

Enjoy what you have Lost!
Enjoy double and triple food costs!

Planned Parenthood is a Great Program.

eyeswideopen
eyeswideopen

So Walter, When I was 20 years old I had no insurance, I was married and I didn't want to get pregnant.  I could go to Planned Parenthood and get a physical and then paid 15 dollars a month for birth control.  Now that I am 51, I only had 1 child (which I could afford), I am successful, own my own house etc.... What do you suggest I should have done without those services?  Do you think anyone else would have seen me?  You don't want to pay for kids on welfare but you don't want to help prevent them?  Utter stupidity. 

david saint
david saint

"have did" was intentional for those that dont know...

Nicholsdaves
Nicholsdaves

Most Mormons are good People, However their is a "Mormon Mafia" of Political Criminals.

Pearce, Brewer, Biggs, ect. ect.!

These Rotten Bastards, and Their Extreme Racism/Hate have Crashed Arizona, and America.

But Mormons are a Large Majority of Voting Arizona, and they are Brain Washed to vote for Mormons, right Mitt?

Mormons Vote Mormon, Social Security Defrauding Criminals, or Not!

Mitt is yet another Racist Idiot.

To: Good, and Brotherhood?

Aznative818
Aznative818

From your mouth to those voters ears.

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